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Creators Syndicate Mourns Novak

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Creators Syndicate Mourns Novak

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Creators Syndicate mourned the death of syndicated columnist Robert Novak Tuesday, with President Rick Newcombe calling him "one of the kindest men I have ever known."

Robert Novak died Tuesday morning at his home in Illinois. He had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in the summer of 2008.

Creators Syndicate had distributed Novak's columns since 1989, when Novak was still partnered with Rowland Evans. Novak continued to write the column, "Inside Report," for Creators Syndicate after Evans' retirement in 1993. After being diagnosed with cancer, Novak retired from the print column but continued to write exclusively for creators.com.

"Robert D. Novak was a great writer, an unrivaled political mind and a good friend," said Newcombe in a statement. "He had the uncanny ability to root out the truth behind the smoke and mirrors. He was an old-school journalist who made a name for himself through the sheer force of will and a relentless commitment to his craft. He just loved his work."

In all, Novak's columns appeared in one version for another for 46 consecutive years, making him the third-longest running political columnist in America, according to Creators. …

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